Know your foe: Warriors look to continue family tradition
There are plenty of storylines as the Warren Warriors visit Logan on Friday for the first meeting between the two schools since 2017. The two schools met as SEOAL rivals every season from 1986-2015 and played a pair of non-league games in 2016 and ’17. Logan leads the all-time series 27-5.
Second year head coach Matt Kimes has turned the struggling Warrior program around, amassing a 7-5 record heading into Friday night. Kimes took the Warren job after serving as Logan head coach Mike Eddy’s offensive coordinator at Parkersburg South.
Warren opened with a 28-6 win over Marietta and fell to Fort Frye 27-20 last Friday. Fort Frye has won 28-straight regular season contests.
And while Logan has dominated the all-time series, three of Warren’s five wins came with either Shawn or Jason Taylor playing quarterback in 1995, 1996, and 1997. The Warriors were co-SEOAL champs in 1995.
Taylor will primarily line-up in the shotgun in the Warriors’ spread offense. Classmate Evan Gandee (6-1, 185, senior) is the top receiving threat with 13 catches for 214 yards and a pair of scores. He’s also run three times for 56 yards. Gandee, like Taylor, owns nearly every Warrior receiving mark.
Senior Brayden Garber (5-11, 190) will line-up as the teams primary running back. He’s ran 19 times for 79 yards and a score. Sophomore Taylor Bowers (5-9, 170, sophomore) also lines up at running back while Hunter Vincent (5-11, 215, junior) plays fullback in goal line situations.
In addition to Gandee, Taylor will look to complete passes to receivers Joel Chevalier (6-1, 180, senior), Peyten Kellar (6-0, 160, senior), Cole Hupp (5-10, 175, senior), and Brayden Sallee (6-3, 200, junior). Kellar has three grabs for 33 yards while Chevalier adds a pair of receptions for 35 yards and a score.
Logan will also have to watch out for tight end Josh Welch (6-2, 220, senior) who can line-up all over the field. Jake Baumgard (6-6, 230, senior) will also play as a tight end.
Up front David Berga (5-11, 245, junior) and Jake Welch (6-1, 290, senior) are the tackles, Hayden Murdock (5-11, 200, senior) and Austin Carpenter (6-0, 205, senior) are the guards, and Wyatt Grayson (6-0, 290, senior) is the center.
The blue and white have made their biggest strides on the defensive side of the football. Warren allowed 27 points per game last fall but have allowed only 16 per game so far in 2020.
The defense can be versatile out of their 3-4 base defense. They can move their outside linebackers around to give odd and even man fronts to create confusion for opposing offenses.
The defensive line features Jake Welch, Dennis Pettey (6-0, 235, junior), and Murdock. Welch is a stout run stopping nose tackle. Berga and Bailor Humphreys (5-9, 310, senior) add depth.
Josh Welch and Dylan Keife (5-10, 190, senior) are the starting outside linebackers with JT Rice (5-6, 180, junior) and Vincent playing on the inside. Hupp and Sallee add depth to the linebacking corps.
Chevalier and Derek McAfee (5-10, 160, junior) are the starting cornerbacks with Gandee and Kellar playing safety. Colton Eddy (5-9, 160, sophomore) and Taylor will also see time in the secondary.
Chevalier is a reliable place kicker while Sallee will handle the punting chores. Gandee is a dangerous threat on kick and punt returns.
Spencer Waugh is the founder of LoganFootball.com and the historian for Logan Chieftain athletics. He is a former contributor to 98.3 FM in Logan and the Logan Daily News.